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Offline flbrewer

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She's Alive!
« on: February 13, 2014, 06:41:09 PM »
After just shy of 2 weeks in the bottle, my latest extract is done (Surly Furious clone kit)...and I can't believe how clear it is! It tastes really good, although I expected more of a head on the pour. It is really non-existant when I pour slowly. If I pour harder, I get a small head but loads of yeast. Thoughts?
Secondly, with a gentle pour, I see no bubbles rising...is this common? The carbonation sounded good when I opened the bottle.
Finally, will a longer bottling increase the carbonation or head at this point?

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Re: She's Alive!
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2014, 06:52:08 PM »
Looks pretty. How does carbonation taste and feel?

I usually give my bottle conditioned beers a month at room temp before opening.

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Re: She's Alive!
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2014, 06:53:37 PM »
Looks pretty. How does carbonation taste and feel?

I usually give my bottle conditioned beers a month at room temp before opening.
It tastes a bit flat now that you mention it! What's room temp for you? Lately (even in N. Florida) it's been around 62-65 degrees.

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Re: She's Alive!
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2014, 06:53:59 PM »
+1 to what Jim said. Give it a bit more time. Could also be a case of uneven priming.
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Re: She's Alive!
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2014, 06:56:10 PM »
+1 to what Jim said. Give it a bit more time. Could also be a case of uneven priming.
Yes, good point. When I added the sugar/water mixture to the beer in the bottling bucket, I didn't mix too vigorously. I simply swirled the bucket gently. I imagine that liquid quickly dropped to the bottom and those first few bottles will be carbed higher.

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Re: She's Alive!
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2014, 07:17:33 PM »
Gentle swirling should be fine. More time should help though. Warm it if you can. I think a lot of commercial breweries bottle condition over 75F.

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Re: She's Alive!
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2014, 09:07:33 PM »
is there a sweetness remaining? that's a good sign that it's not done conditioning yet.

Other than that, it's okay to pour slowly but right down the center of the glass. looks nice though.

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Re: She's Alive!
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2014, 09:22:12 PM »
Be a little more patient. I consider just shy of a month to be pushing it. Just shy of two weeks at low 60s, probably not done yet. When it IS done, its going to be real pretty.

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She's Alive!
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2014, 04:22:17 AM »
Will a lower conditioning temp(62-65) cause the beer to not condition fully or merely take longer? If it's a problem I am at a loss on how to warm them up. If it's ok then I can wait.


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Re: She's Alive!
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2014, 04:56:21 AM »
Bottle conditioning at 62-65 degrees will take a lot longer than doing it at 70-75 degrees.
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Re: She's Alive!
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2014, 05:30:55 AM »
I read a thread once that suggested 80F~ to bottle condition.  My beer take over 2 weeks to condition in the 63~ range, give it some time!
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Re: She's Alive!
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2014, 05:50:09 AM »
I read a thread once that suggested 80F~ to bottle condition.  My beer take over 2 weeks to condition in the 63~ range, give it some time!

+1.  I've read that some Belgian breweries condition that warm before cellaring.
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Re: She's Alive!
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2014, 07:03:01 AM »
i usually go a month, i usually bottle one in a plastic used pepsi bottle.  this way i can feel the firmness of the bottle and i can easily see the yeast formation.
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Re: She's Alive!
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2014, 08:11:49 AM »
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Re: She's Alive!
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2014, 08:39:20 AM »
I read a thread once that suggested 80F~ to bottle condition.  My beer take over 2 weeks to condition in the 63~ range, give it some time!

+1.  I've read that some Belgian breweries condition that warm before cellaring.

Pretty sure I've read that Sierra Nevada conditions that warm. It's not really going to hurt the beer once it's in the bottle and conditioning. you wouldn't want to store it long term at that temp but a couple weeks is no problem.